Coldplay Partners with The Ocean Cleanup for Limited Edition ‘River Plastic’ Vinyl LP — Discs Made Entirely of Discarded, Floating Plastic

Coldplay recycled vinyl album
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Photo Credit: The Ocean Cleanup

Coldplay has partnered with The Ocean Cleanup to release a limited ‘Notebook Edition LP’ release of the band’s album Moon Music. This album will be pressed using reclaimed plastic intercepted by The Ocean Cleanup from Rio Las Vacas, Guatemala.

The Ocean Cleanup project aims to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Achieving this goal involved a two-pronged approach—cleaning the oceans and installing interceptors at river mouths that empty into the ocean. Interceptors capture trash in rivers to prevent it from entering the ocean.

The partnership with Coldplay’s Notebook Edition LP is an innovative approach that answers the question of what to do with all of the reclaimed plastic. It is one of many product partnerships the company engages in to create new sustainable and durable products. The plastic from this project comes directly from Interceptor 006, which is deployed in the Rio Las Vacas mouth since 2023 to prevent plastic emissions into the Gulf of Honduras.

Interceptor 006 made significant impact and captured large quantities of plastic—which has now been sorted, blended, and tested. This plastic will be used to manufacture Coldplay’s limited edition physical release, using 70% of river plastic and 30% recycled waste plastic bottles from other sources. Coldplay provides financial support for the non-profit organization’s cleaning operations. It also sponsors Interceptor 005 in the Klang River, Malaysia.

Coldplay and The Ocean Cleanup Project collaborated closely during the intensive testing and quality control process. Processing and manufacturing partners Biosfera GT, Compuestos y Derivados S.A., Morssinkhof and Sonopress also contributed to the process of creating this recycled materials vinyl LP.

“Coldplay is an incredible partner for us and I’m thrilled that our plastic catch has helped bring Moon Music to life,” adds Boyan Slat, Founder & CEO of The Ocean Cleanup. “Ensuring the plastic we watch never re-renters the marine environment is essential to our mission, and I’m excited to see how we’ll continue innovating with Coldplay and our other partners to rid the oceans of plastic together.”

As of June 2024, the non-profit organization has collected over 26.4 million pounds of plastic from aquatic ecosystems around the world. The Ocean Cleanup was founded by Boyan Slat in 2013 and no employs a team of around 140 people, with headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It opened its first regional office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2023.